Miami Police Union Chief Uses Vegas Mass Shooting to Slam NFL Protests

In fact, the protests are “to raise awareness to racial inequality and issues surrounding criminal justice reform,” the players write, specifically issues including “police transparency/accountability, bail reform, criminalization of poverty, [and] mass incarceration.”

Colin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback who started the protests before the league blackballed him, was abundantly clear that his protests were not against the anthem, the flag, or even police in general. Rather, they’re about the repeated lack of justice in cases like those of Tamir Rice (the unarmed 12-year-old fatally shot by police who, incidentally, Ortiz called a “thug”), Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and others.

It wasn’t the only pet subject he quickly latched on to: Just before the NFL tweet, Ortiz suggested the Vegas shooting showed why police need military weapons:

But leave Ortiz’s willful ignorance about the nature of the protests aside for a moment. What kind of person immediately links an event as awful as Vegas to a peaceful protest they don’t like? Does Ortiz really think that was an appropriate argument to tweet out as the tragedy was unfolding?

Considering he has used his platform in the past to smear Rice and other victims of police brutality, to feud with Beyoncé, and to spread an internet harassment campaign against a random citizen who upset him, it’s probably no surprise that Ortiz didn’t answer a follow-up text from New Times asking just that question. The answer is already perfectly clear anyway.


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